[nagdu] National Convention--my opinion

melissa R green graduate56 at juno.com
Tue Jul 9 21:35:33 UTC 2013

that would be nice.
Years ago, I know that there was someone that monitored the relief areas at 

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Margo and Arrow" <margo.downey at verizon.net>
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Hi, Danielle.  I know what you mean by the topics you raised.

A C B uses a company or two whose only job is to deal with relief areas.
I'd like for Nagdu to figure out how to do the same thing.  I apprecaite the
work our national Center does to ensure adequate relief areas, but, I'd like
to see a company who does this type of work do this type of work for us.

Margo and Arrow

-----Original Message-----
From: nagdu [mailto:nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Danielle A.
Sent: Tuesday, July 09, 2013 3:47 PM
To: nagdu at nfbnet.org
Subject: [nagdu] National Convention--my opinion

Hi everyone,

It was awesome meeting some of you at convention last week. Valla and I
didn't attend Monday night's NAGDU meeting because she got snapped at by not
1 but 2 dogs. I'm the first to admit that she did distract on these other
dogs but I corrected and we were almost past them when they jumped out from
under their handlers' chairs and tried to come at her. Needless to say, she
was way too wound up to go anywhere after that.
Anyway, I noticed a lot of things during the week that shocked me, made me
think and made me very happy. First of all, I'll say that this was my first
convention so I don't know if some of these things are commonplace at
convention or not. I was sort of shocked by the size of the park area for
the dogs. It was about the size of a single parking space and from what I
understand, there were a couple hundred dogs in attendance. I felt that this
was way too small of a space for all those dogs. Not to mention that it's
filled with sand which gets pretty sludgy with waste and rain water. Valla
wouldn't set foot in the box and I didn't blame her. As I understand it, the
White Cane fund takes care of the park areas and I also am aware that it
costs money to set up these relief areas. Is there anything that we as a
division can be doing to make the area bigger or cleaner? Furthermore, as
the week went on, I noticed a lot of accidents near the escalators that were
just left behind for someone else to clean up. Valla had her accidents as
well; I'm not saying that they don't happen but I thought we were supposed
to try to clean them up and tell someone from the hotel staff about it. I
know that these were near escalators but I feel like that's no excuse. If
you're at the bottom of the escalator when it happens, step aside and let
people through but don't just walk away.
That being said, I'm sure there were plenty of handlers who did stand by the
messes and did their best to clean them up.
I was really surprised by the amount of people who were on phones, eating,
talking or goofing off while working their dogs too. again, not trying to
imply that these things don't happen but it was frustrating when someone
else was too busy doing something else while his or her dog distracted on
other people or dogs.
I did, however, meet a whole bunch of people who genuinely inspired me with
the bonds they have with their dogs and the way they worked as a team. Valla
and I just met in October of 2012 so we're still feeling each other out. It
was just amazing to see teams that flow together so beautifully.
anyway, that's just my take on the week. Hope everyone's having a good

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